Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Guest lecture on "Digital health in India"

On 13th October, an ‘Ideation session’ was conducted for first year MBA HHM students by Dr. Rakesh Kapur. Dr. Kapur is a healthcare management consultant with more than 15 years of experience in managing and advising some of the best known hospitals, health insurance companies, Medical Technology enterprises and governments on ideation to exit.
 He has been the founder of Indian Express Healthcare Awards and FICCI healthcare awards and author of number of publications on healthcare delivery in India.

The entire session was interactive, where the students put up their views as to what was their understanding of digital health. Dr. Kapur took those points and steered the session towards more detailed and in-depth perspective on digital health. He stressed the use and need of digitalization of healthcare in India. He explained the 3 A’s in digitalization – Access, Assurance, Affordability.
 He demonstrated how insurance companies are investing in digitalization and how it affects their business. The current scenario is such that the country is facing a scarcity of eligible healthcare managers. Thus, he highlighted the necessity of able MBAs in future. Also, he kept the audience interested by asking many thought-provoking questions throughout the session.
Later, he asked the students to think of any idea, which according to them, will help in improving the current scenario of healthcare in India. Many creative ideas were given by the students. It included the ‘Zomato of healthcare’, which was applauded the most.

The session was concluded with the vast opportunities that lie ahead in this field of digitalization. Also, Dr. Kapur said that majority of the future healthcare managers will be working in the field of digital health by the time they end their careers.

Guest lecture Committee
MBA HHM 2015-17 

Leadership Development Session by Mr. Vishal Sharma, Director of Deloitte India

Leadership Development Session was for the First Year MBA HHM students of SIHS on the 9th of October. The session was led by Mr. Vishal Sharma, Director of Deloitte India.
Mr. Sharma had an interactive session with the class and the session comprised mostly of answering questions posed by the students.
Some of the questions asked by the crowd were:
- Honesty as an attribute as companies are focused on profitability
- Healthcare consultancy v/s other consultancies. What are its distinguishing factors?
- Projects in consultancy
- Knowledge vs soft skills
- Challenges in HC
- Consultancy in the Public health
Mr. Sharma addressed all the topics and gave us insights into the realm of Healthcare consultancy. He spoke about the issues like accessibility in healthcare and explained the sector wise divide within the vertical.

While he did talk about the consultancy sector as a whole the insights he gave regarding leadership were truly invaluable.
He said, if you are a leader you need to have the respect of your followers first. Leaders earn respect, they don’t command or demand it. To earn respect honesty, transparency and no discrepancy between what you say and what you do is vital. This is what makes a difference between a leader and a manager.

This is important in consultancy as when you are dealing with a client you need to put your ego aside and convince them to look at your point of view. Having your facts and supporting factors ready will assist you in this endeavour. This is what leads to long term success. Although in some situations, you may need to agree to disagree, it is important to retain a certain level of diplomacy at the time.
Lastly, a take away point was, when you look at any vertical of the healthcare sector, the striking difference is that here you deal with actual lives. Whatever you do makes a difference in people’s lives and hence we all hold a responsibility to be the best managers and leaders we can be.

Academic Committee
MBA HHM 15-17